Personal Chair
History
Telephone: (01792) 604920
Room: Office - 410
Fourth Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

I am interested in the health and culture of the early and central middle ages in Europe, and am currently working on two major research projects:

I previously worked on:

  • The Enclosed Garden: Pleasure, Contemplation and Cure in the Medieval Hortus Conclusus (PI Professor Liz Herbert McAvoy), in which my role was to explore examples of historical enclosed gardens and their owners. Project blog here

I co-edit Social History of Medicine and work part-time at Swansea in a research development role.

Publications

  1. Living with Disfigurement in Early Medieval Europe. Palgrave.
  2. Looking for Burn Victims or Survivors in Medieval Europe. In Trauma in Medieval Society. (pp. 93-104). Leiden: Brill.
  3. Corpora and cultural transmission? Political uses of the body in Norman texts, 1050-1150. In People, Texts and Artefacts: Cultural Transmission in the Medieval Norman Worlds, edited by David Bates, Eduardo d'Angelo and Elisabeth van Houts. (pp. 213-229). London: Institute of Historical Research.
  4. & Strange Fruits: Grafting, Foreigners, and the Garden Imaginary in Northern France and Germany, 1250–1350. Speculum 94(2), 467-495.
  5. Sexuality. In A Cultural History of Western Empires in the Middle Ages, Vol. 2. (pp. 139-160). London: Bloomsbury.

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Teaching

  • HIH237 The Practice of History

    The purpose of the module is to encourage you to think more deeply about how historians work and, in particular, about how we as historians can locate and use primary historical sources effectively as a means of interpreting and understanding the past. During the module we will learn about the survival of historical evidence, how it is organised and made accessible to historians to undertake their research, and how to effectively locate and interpret it in your studies. We will consider how the process of doing historical research changes over time, in particular with the impact of recent developments like digitization. At the core of the module will be the work you undertake with others in your seminar group using a range of primary sources which your seminar tutor will introduce to you. As part of the module assessment you will also undertake your own primary source based research project using items from these collections. The module is designed strengthen your analytical skills and to help prepare you for the more extensive uses of primary evidence which you will encounter in final year special subjects and dissertation.

  • HIMM01 Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 1: Skills and Approaches

    This module introduces students to recent and current trends in medieval studies, to the research skills required for MA-level research, and to the medieval heritage of South Wales and the surrounding region. Seminars will consider the nature of medieval sources and texts, and a selection of themes that have made a significant impact upon medieval studies in recent years.

Supervision

  • Representations of the Mouth in Medieval Health and Culture (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Laura Kalas Williams
  • Recorded Responses to Epilepsy in the Late Antique and Medieval Period (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Turner

External Responsibilities